Safety upgrades were a focus of the facilities work made possible by the bond referendum approved by the community in 2019 and of the capital projects levy approved in 2022. Using these funding sources, the district has been able to implement a variety of safety and security upgrades throughout the district in recent years.
A visible change is that construction projects have resulted in each of our buildings having secure entrances through which visitors are allowed into district buildings only after they have been welcomed at the front office of the building and have checked in. A new visitor management process implemented in all of our buildings this fall is a proactive step that has been taken to identify and allow for better screening of building visitors. Visitors now sign in digitally using an ID and receive a printed badge listing their name, date, reason for visit, and a photo. This allows staff and students to quickly identify whether someone belongs in the building. There are also options to check in those who do not have a government issued ID. This process allows us a better screen for individuals who may have limited or no custodial rights, individuals who have been trespassed due to conduct and those who are publicly registered as offenders.
Advanced security and video surveillance systems have been added in buildings throughout the district as well. These systems allow staff to monitor situations such as doors being left ajar and serve as a powerful tool to building administrators who are investigating situations to find resolution. The system allows the district flexibility to be proactive and adaptable as we monitor what is happening at our buildings.
The district has also been able to increase emergency communication tools and capabilities for staff members with new technologies and upgraded processes. Two-way radio systems are being updated to allow for more consistent and clear communication at buildings as necessary. Updated public address systems, which are used for daily communication as well as emergency communications, have been installed at several buildings. Emergency services signal boosters have also been installed at several of our buildings to maintain the radio communications for first responders.